Should Florida Residents Be Concerned About Motor Vehicle Black Boxes?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans for black boxes, or event data recorders, to be standard in all new cars within the next few years. In the article, "The Black Box in Your Car: Can an Event Data Controller Save Your Florida Accident Claim?" I discussed how this technology can be used to support your Florida accident claim. Unfortunately, the same technology could be used to provide evidence against you.
There are many ways that black box information can be used. I mentioned in my previous article that the data collected by these devices can be used in combination with witness reports and clues from the accident scene to reconstruct a West Palm Beach auto accident. This is especially important when both drivers deny fault. However, the same data could be used against you. If a drunk driver ran a stop sign and caused a Florida car accident that left you seriously injured, you would expect that the drunk driver would be at fault. But, what if the black box in your car shows you were driving slightly over the speed limit? Will the insurance company determine that you are also partly to blame and reduce your compensation?
It seems that black boxes can be both beneficial and harmful. Providing objective, accurate data about Florida car accidents is a valuable tool, but will there be limits on how that information is used?
If you were injured in a Florida car crash, you may have questions about your claim. West Palm Beach personal injury attorney David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim, has answers. To request a free copy, or to speak to a West Palm Beach accident lawyer, contact David Glatthorn at 888-340-2620.